An Oak Bluffs woman was MedFlighted to Massachusetts General Hospital after a single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon at the intersection of Winemack Street and Green Avenue in East Chop. The accident occurred at a sharp curve in the road at approximately 5:30 pm.
Oak Bluffs Police Sergeant Michael Marchand identified the driver as 36-year-old Rachel Beaulieu of Oak Bluffs. Alcohol appears to be involved in the crash.
Beaulieu will face multiple charges — OUI liquor, open container of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, and speeding, Marchand said.
At the scene, the front end of a Chrysler Pacifica was smashed into a tree. Debris littered the crash scene, including a door and the Pacifica’s battery, which shot from the vehicle upon impact, Oak Bluffs Fire and EMS Chief John Rose said. The cracked windshield bore a circular imprint. Oak Bluffs Police Detective James Morse said the motorist appeared not to have worn a seatbelt.
Oak Bluffs Fire and Rescue employed the Jaws of Life to cut the driver’s side door off and free the woman, Rose said. “They extracted her extremely fast,” he said. “Rescue and EMS did an amazing job.”
As of noon Monday, Beaulieu was listed in fair condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Beaulieu’s crash caps a trio of vehicular accidents in the same vicinity of Winemack Street in the past week. On Monday, April 9, a 72-year-old woman crashed into a house at the end of Winemack Street, apparently after suffering a medical episode, according to police. She was reported to have minor injuries. Later the same day, a 19-year-old woman entered New York Avenue from Winemack Street after running a stop sign, and was stuck broadside by a pickup truck. She was taken by ambulance to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
Marchand said the Winemack Street area is not considered especially dangerous, and described the string of accidents as coincidental.